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Trojans Invitational to be run today at Northwestern High

The Trojans Invitational cross country meet will be run at 9 a.m. today at Northwestern High School.

This year's event includes 10 teams, boys and girls, vying for the title.

Calvin Hudgins, Northwestern's coach, said he's pleased with the number of teams coming.

"The response from the South Carolina teams has been amazing,'' he said. "I was hoping to attract a few North Carolina teams.

"It should be a lot of fun. It looks like Northwestern and Fort Mill are the favorites this early. Who would have thought it?''

Fort Mill's boys are the defending Class AAAA state champions. Northwestern won the two titles previous to last year's.

The field includes Boiling Springs, Chester, Clover, Fort Mill, Gaffney, Indian Land, Irmo, Northwestern, Rock Hill and Westminister Catawba.

The varsity girls race first at 9 a.m., followed by the varsity boys at 9:40 a.m. There will be a mixed-JV race at 10:15 a.m.

Admission is free.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan has decided to end his holdout and return for a 15th NFL season with the New York Giants.

"He went with his heart instead of his head," Tony Agnone, his agent, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Friday evening. "He felt at this point he was part of the team, and he was going to go to battle with them."

The decision came a day before the Giants had to cut their roster to the 53-man limit and a little more than a week before the season opener at Dallas.

Strahan left the West Coast on Friday and planned to be at Giants Stadium on Monday when the team begins preparing for the Cowboys. He will have four practices before the game.

And Strahan might play more than the 2007 season.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars are parting ways with quarterback Byron Leftwich after four frustrating, injury-filled seasons.

Coach Jack Del Rio said the team plans to trade or release the former first-round draft pick. Del Rio also named mobile backup David Garrard his starter heading into next week's season opener, believing Garrard gives the team a better chance to win.

Garrard outplayed Leftwich in the preseason, completing 36 of 47 passes for 456 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score. But his numbers came primarily against second-team defenses.

• PRO BASEBALL -- The Chicago Cubs turned to their past to bolster their current push for the playoffs, acquiring right-hander Steve Trachsel from the Baltimore Orioles.

The 36-year-old Trachsel, who was drafted by the Cubs in 1991 and pitched for them from 1993-99, will give the NL Central leaders another veteran starter.

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